Paris Day 1

April 5 2017

After very little sleep, we took a 5:30 AM taxi to the airport boarded our flight from Edinburgh to Paris at about 8:30. We arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport at about noon and took a combination of train and metro to get to our hotel, which was located in the world-famous Montmartre neighbourhood. We stayed at the Hôtel Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Cœur.

Immediately after check-in, we wandered around the neighbourhood in search of some lunch. We found ourselves in a little area that was predominately Turkish takeaway shops and settled on a chicken panini sandwich and some mystery meat pizza, both of which were delicious due to our powerful hunger. After lunch, we enjoyed our first coffee of the trip outside a little french cafe while enjoying some yummy pastries from the adjacent shop.

Ready to see some sights, we zigzagged our way over to one of the most famous Paris cathedrals, Sacre-Coeur.  Located on the top of Montmartre hill, the views of the rest of the city were stunning. We even gained access to the very top of the dome, nearly 300 steps from bottom to top. This location was one of Amanda’s favourites of the whole city.

We then took an evening walk along the Siene river, stopping for dinner at an Italian restaurant to enjoy some pasta, one of which was a tasty carbanara.  We finished our walk near Notre Dame cathedral and found a bar that Dallas had remembered from his visit in 2001. His main reason for remembering it was that the bathroom walls and ceiling were completely covered in mirrors, so you were never really alone. After a beer, we headed back to our hotel.

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